I'm sorry ma'am, I said. Really, I had no idea what else to say. I'd spent the weekend caught up in an epic battle to save humanity, and now… jean shorts?

But perhaps the best part of all was that I, Sydney Katherine Sage, guilty of constantly analyzing the world around me, well, I stopped thinking.

So. Are you guys here to convert me or sell me siding?

Also, I didn't trust any guy who used more styling products than I did.

I tried to dredge up the same reaction other girls had around Marcus, but nothing happened. No matter how hard I tried, I just didn't have that same attraction His hair was too blond, I decided. And his eyes needed a little more green.

Sometimes," I told her, "I still don't. It goes against every rule of the universe." To my surprise, she touched the small gold cross around her neck. "Some rules are bigger than the universe.

The answer was eerily simple. I had time to make all of them.

Yes, I-- I think I love her. Is that nuts?

So many details came into focus. The shape of his lips, the line of his neck. I'm not dangerous, I breathed.

Just making sure, Miss ‘I'm a Quick Study.

You mean it? I asked. „Adrian and I are free? No one spying on us or looking over our shoulder? My dad's jaw dropped.

The next time I had nothing to do, I'd have to get a book on testosterone-driven behavior.

So that's how you're going to fix the family problem. Little Dragomirs. Good idea.

I'd never expected my first time to be in a cabin in the woods, but I realized the place didn't matter. The person did. With someone you loved, you could be anywhere, and it would be incredible. Being in the most luxurious bed in the world wouldn't matter if you were with someone you didn't love.

Then, as one hand tightened on me and his other ran gently over my hair, I noticed something. He didn't smell right.

Between you and me, Brayden's probably the last guy in the world you have to worry about. I think he's as clueless as you are. If I didn't care about your virtue so much, I'd actually probably give him a lecture on 'how' to try something.

How is Angeline? asked Dimitri. Is she improving? Eddie and I exchanged glances. So much for avoiding her indiscretions.

As he looked at me, he seemed to send a message of his own: that he would still fight for me, that he would fight until he collapsed to keep them from taking me.

The ghost of a smile flickered across his lips. ‘You're always the voice of reason. Just try listening to yourself once in a while.

A dream doesn't mean anything. I dreamed the other night that I went riding on a dinosaur.

It was the way we were trained. See monsters, not people.

I'm not a warrior or a goddess, I said at last.

You're on the verge of getting your soul and your life back and he's still what determines your happiness ? You don't need a relationship to be happy, Georgina.

You're burned into my mind forever. There is nothing, nothing in this world that will ever change that.

What the hell? I asked.Is this daring escape being sponsored by Honda? -Rose Hathaway.

Dimitri held up a car seat with one hand, which was almost comical. We can go whenever you're ready. Lana gave us this and swears it's easy to install.

Right. As opposed to your cradle-robbing mentor. I don't really see you making much progress with him.

His eyes widened. Are you some kind of mutant human? Like a fire user? And I use mutant as a compliment, you know. I wouldn't think less of you.

Dorian used to watch you like a starving man who wants meat. Now he looks at you like he wants seconds.

He brought his lips down to mine in a long, exquisite kiss, the kind that sent heat all the way to my fingers and toes and made me very conscious of the fact that there was a bed behind us. I pulled back before we accidentally got distracted.

Poor Martin. Geek or no, committing his soul to eternal damnation was a helluva price to pay for six minutes.

Even when I was dizzy with vodka, that smile never failed to make my heart speed up.

The world was full of life and light, and I practically floated on air when I walked inside.

People get too caught up in what they don't have and get bogged down as a result. There's joy in the present. It's important to just make the most of the these moments we have. Keep an eye on the future, but don't forget to enjoy NOW.

Are you saying I have a short attention span? Not at all. I'm saying there's a fire in you that drives everything you do, that makes you need to better the world and those you love. To stand up for those you can't. It's one of the wonderful things about you.

A princess of her people has no business sitting off to the side while her people are in danger.

One thing that never changed among humans: there were always those who wanted to get something for nothing. It was what kept hell in business.

Hope had gone so white, it was a wonder someone didn't accuse her of being a Strigoi.

The greatest changes in history have come when people were able to shake off what others told them to do.

I certainly hadn't expected to walk away from today's trip with joint custody of a miniature dragon.

I was going to ruin everything, right here and right now. I'm really not good with impulse control.

Sometimes you wake up from a dream. Sometimes you wake up in a dream. And sometimes, every once in a while, you wake up in someone else's dream.

Besides, I already knew you didn't have any moral qualms about breaking and entering.

And I know it would be hard—for all sorts of reasons. But I think we can handle whatever comes our way, so long as we keep loving each other like this.

Why does it have to be so cut-and-dried? In your view, I either have to hate them or be in league with them. There's a middle ground, you know. I can still be loyal to the Alchemists and on friendly terms with vampires and dhampirs.

You're presumptuous and arrogant and a whole lot of other things if you think I've changed my mind.

That," I told Tatiana, "is the most fucked-up law I have ever heard.

Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection. He paused to reconsider that. Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.

You can put on as many airs as you want, but in the end, that dress is the same as you: an old, cheap design dressed up to look like its worth more than it is.